Legendary Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Longshot) continues her comeback (Green Arrow, True Blood) with DC’s most iconic bad girl.
The Source shared a first look inside this week’s Catwoman #13. Selena Kyle is hired to steal a giant chess piece in this prelude to her role in Death of the Family.
Nocenti is famous for creating strong but complicated femme fatales like Typhoid Mary and Spiral. Expect the writer to take Gotham City’s most infamous female into new directions but following the setup of outgoing writer Judd Winnick.
“I really like continuity, I like working on what somebody just did before and honoring the tone. I think what’s been set up — I read the first nine issues — and they’re really fast, they’re really electric and very exciting, and I think it would be a mistake to shift off that tone. So you want to, like a musician coming in when there’s already a riff being played, you want to ease into it and use whatever notes the musicians have down. You basically want to make sure there’s this fast kind of recklessness, which the previous writer gave her — which I guess she always had, but he’s emphasizing that, he’s bringing that out, ” Nocenti tells Comic Book Resources.
“Issue #0 is her origin issue, and I love this origin issue idea because it reminds people about the central pathos that created them. She’s got this little orphan girl sort of trauma and she’ll never be able to have enough stuff to feel safe. So I don’t really think she’s somebody who goes out and just robs — she goes on heists sometimes because she needs money, but I think it’s way more complex than that. It goes back to never feeling safe. She’s sort of the opposite, in some ways, of Green Arrow because he was born with a silver spoon,” Nocenti compares the thief to the other DC icon she’s writing now.
“I think the heroism of villains is accidental and they begrudge it, but it does happen. Like I said before I like continuity so I want to keep her the Catwoman that’s been established in the New 52. The other things that are going to start creeping in are, yes, going to be darker. She’s more villain than hero to me because she’s selfish. She’s motivated by this need to have things, to want, it’s a compulsion, she’s got to go get it. And if along the way she does something that seems heroic, it’s an accident,” said Nocenti.
For more of her CBR interview here’s the link.
Note: Not even Selena is safe from the Joker’s vengeance! Catwoman #14 will tie-in to the Death of the Family storyline hitting all the Batman family of books.